Whether you are inside, outside, or online, the Clark is a wonderful place of exploration and discovery for families. Whether you are inside or out, there is plenty to keep the family entertained, active, and happy. And children under 18 and students with ID are admitted free!
If there is any way we can help you, or if you have questions or comments, we’d like to hear from you. Call the Education Department at 413 458 0563 or email us.
Make the most of your family visit by choosing from a variety of family-oriented activities.
Social distancing getting to you? Connect with others by engaging with art! Browse our selection of Clark collection–based games and activities for all ages! New content is added regularly.
Available at admissions, Looking Carefully cards have been specially designed to encourage children to view our paintings and think creatively and critically about what they see.
Available at admissions for all visitors, our sketch pads include simple suggestions and activities to help you look more carefully and hone your sketching skills.
On select holidays and First Sundays Free, pick up a specialized gallery guide for a new look at our collection.
Visit the Reading Room in the Manton Research Center and check out a variety of activities related to the Clark’s collection or special exhibitions. This station changes every couple of months, so visit regularly!
Temporarily suspended--check back soon!
Programs are temporarily suspended--check back soon!
The Clark welcomes new parents and their infants to a series of New Parents Gallery Talks on the first Friday mornings of November through March. New Parents Gallery Talks are designed to give parents a cognitive break from thinking about “all things baby” and are best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. The talks offer a chance for parents to engage with the Clark collection with their infants and participate in open-ended guided conversations about the art in a way that welcomes all contributions.
Get your preschoolers off to a good start with themed talks, gallery guides, and artmaking activities specially designed for this age group with the Start with Art program offered on second Saturday mornings of the winter months. Best suited to three- to six-year-olds and their parents, these two-hour events are free and open to the public. An interactive talk and a developmentally appropriate guide will help parents encourage their children to engage with art. Artmaking can be messy—children should come dressed appropriately.
In-person gallery talks and art-making are temporarily suspended, but we still invite Start With Art families to enjoy free admission to the galleries and pick up an art-making kit to take home.
In the winter, you’re welcome to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the snowshoe hut located near the Manton Research Center trailhead. We have three different sizes available to accommodate the whole family. Come dressed for the weather!